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The linked document below is your opportunity to receive a scholarship from the Northern Ohio Fools and Paul Hasenmeier Training. Applicants must live in Northern Ohio and have plans to attend additional training in the areas of fire, rescue, or EMS. Applicants will be selected on grades, career plans, the commitment to public safety, references , and current commitment to our local community. (more…)
Over the next few weeks several water shuttle related company drill topics will be added. In Ohio the terminology is tanker, however, it is synonymous with other regions tender terminology. Many of these skill set times are evaluated when ISO comes to visit you, but more importantly the training will improve your operations. *Keep track of your times and the evolution description for later use with ISO. (more…)
The video below shows a surprise live fire training session involving a school bus. Although realistic, be cautious in setting up a surprise scenario. Here are a few things to think about ahead of time if your the instructor in charge:
- Are their any EPA burn permitting requirements?
- This should be a one line fire, however, what water supply considerations should be considered prior to a training session?
- Is the mindset to learn fire behavior, hose advancement, and engine operations or to actively search for potential victims due to the lack of knowledge that the fire was set for training?
I like the motivation to train and admit that I don’t know the specific training preparations these crews did before the scenario. It is on us as instructors to expect the unexpected and prepare for the unusual.
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The amount of training the people in an organization receive can be directly correlated with the efficiency, effectiveness, and team concept of the organization. Researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that spending 10 percent of a company’s revenue on capital improvements increased productivity by 3.9 percent. But investing that same amount in developing the employee capital more than doubles that amount, to a whopping 8.5 percent (1). The importance placed on training an organizations people is a strategic mindset often overlooked in stressed financial conditions.
The video below is one example of the need to make training #1 in fire service organizations.
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(1) Keiningham, Timothy & Aksoy, Lerzan. (2009). Why managers should care about employee loyalty. Business Know-How. Retrieved from http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/loyalemployees.htm
The following is a post with several insights and references on fire behavior, especially today’s fire behavior. It’s not about guts or glory, but a priceless discussion on what the fire is doing in the buildings we are entering.
This post is from Lt Jason Deptula (Vermilion Twp. FD).
I’m sure we all practice RIT procedures in some fashion, here’s a twist to keep your crews focused on their situational awareness. Send your attack team through an exterior door at your station or training center and let’s call that our “A” side of our working incident. Have them proceed through a series of halls or rooms with a couple left or right hand turns. (more…)
Here’s a pretty easy drill for ladder truck placement training. Phil Burden, JD Vasbinder, and Tom Wilcox have been doing this for years.
Pick a day, but Sunday’s work best when traffic is light. Get your crew out of the recliners and take your truck out for a ride. Pick a building, discus placement, set it up, recognize hazards, check out the roof, and see where and what you can reach.
Make it a Sunday morning habit and you will soon have greater efficiency and knowledge on your district from above.
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Myself and several fellow firefighters have recently had the opportunity to review The Devil’s Claw pike pole. This tool is made by firefighters who ran into a difficult ceiling which prevented them from gaining access to the seat of the fire. Here are some of the features advertised by our brothers:
- Pull ceilings, door, window frames, floors, roof
- Heavy enough to breach walls quickly
- Created by firefighter for firefighters
- Great for self-rescue
- Available in 3 handle types; straight, D-handle, T-hande (more…)